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Nuclear Production of Hydrogen

Second Information Exchange Meeting -- Argonne, Illinois, USA 2-3 October 2003

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Hydrogen has the potential to play an important role as a sustainable and environmentally acceptable source of energy in the 21st century. Present methods for producing hydrogen are mainly based on the reforming of fossil fuels with subsequent release of greenhouse gases. To avoid producing greenhouse gases, the possibility to use heat and surplus electricity from nuclear power plants to produce hydrogen by water cracking is being investigated. This report presents the state of the art in the nuclear production of hydrogen and describes the scientific and technical challenges associated with it.

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Present Status and Future Plan of HTTR Project

Nuclear Energy Agency

The HTTR project aims at demonstrating inherent safety features of High temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) by safety demonstration tests, and establishing nuclear heat utilisation technology by a hydrogen production demonstration test. The safety demonstration tests are divided to the first phase and second phase tests. In the first phase tests, simulation tests of anticipated operational occurrences and anticipated transients without scram are conducted. The second phase tests will simulate accidents such as a depressurisation accident (loss of coolant accident)...

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